I have a Merlin. A mahogany top one. And yeah they are really nicely made. It’s a pretty fun instrument to write with. Being diatonic it has been breaking me out of certain patterns I’ve been stuck in. I also found it gets REALLY fun when you mess with the tuning and different modes. Mine’s been tuned to DAcc for the last while.
I think they might have been renamed to the M4 or something like that. Plus there’s also a G version (same instrument just different strings/tuning) and they’re also available with a pickup now. I wouldn’t mind one of those myself just to mess with some pedals.
Mine is also the mahogany D model. Once I get used to playing it for a while, I'll do some experimenting. I've seen the G model but bought the D.
Awesome! The songbook is great, and some of the videos are well done.
One thing I’ve found, and another guy I know has said the same, is the fret height means I have to lighten my touch a bit. He thought his had an intonation issue but it turned out to be a death grip issue. I have a tone deaf issue so I didn’t notice until he mentioned it.
i can't get the link to work but i used the seach box and found some images. i've never seen that style. i couldn't tell if the frets are low enough to be played as a guitar type instrument of with a "noter" like the regular lap dulcimer.
my wife is a dulcimer fan and i've tagged along with her to several dulcimer festivals. the dulcimer is an amazing instrument for what it is... from simply holding it in one's lap, strumming with one hand and using a small stick to press the strings (like a dobro) to multiple strings and adapting guitar like playing techniques.
she has a collection of dulcimers made by a fellow that lived in winchester, ky. he was "THE" dulcimer guy band in the 60's when Jean Ritchie was making them famous. i can't think of his name right now.
i found one that is made in a loose copy of a banjo. the guy used a small remo drum head (maybe from bongos) in a thick, multi-layered wooden body with 4 strings. it can be tuned many ways and sounds like the old gourd banjos.
there were several dulcimer bands around the area a few years ago, but life has been busy and she's not participated in a long time.
i bought a chromatic hammer dulcimer that's fun. kind of a like playing a piano with sticks.
Play it with emotion and play it strong. Don't make a face and they won't know it's wrong!